What if Lord of the Flies only had women? That’s pretty much the question posed by this 2018 movie, which was directed by Amanda Kramer.
The film begins with a disorienting earthquake that soon finds eight teenage girls trapped in a house together. As supplies begin to run low, so does their grip on reality and sanity.
One of the characters, Dolly, says “We’re not boys. We’re not brutal.” That’s not true. After all, I’ve had numerous young boys punch me in the face and I can’t remember their names, while the slings and arrows of women hurt you way worse and are so much more memorable.
Soon, Olivia (Gert from Marvel’s Runaways) and Piper (Annalise Basso, Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil) are vying for leadership over the pack of girls, who are soon dressed in increasingly strange and more fashion-forward costumes. Their world is dominated by worries of further earthquakes and the potential of a man who may have snuck into the house.
Ryan Simpkins, who was the young co-lead alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby, plays Dolly. Maya Hawke, who was such a breakout actress on the most recent season of Stranger Things, also appears.
The film comes off as quite similar to a stage play. Your willingness to deal with its long pauses and extended takes will determine how much you enjoy it, as well as how much you can deal with artier films. Don’t go in expecting a slasher movie.
DISCLAIMER: We were sent this movie by its PR company. That has no impact on our review.